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DPP blames system for Huang's resignation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In response to China Medical University President Huang Jong-tsun's (黃榮村) resignation over criticism from lawmakers, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials blamed the government's system that allowed “double-pay.”

Amid speculation that Huang — a retired education minister who also took the post of a private school president — received double-pay, lawmaker Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) criticized him for serving as a “door-god,” or an honorary position within the China Medical University to raise the profile of the school.

Offended by Chen's words, Huang quickly tendered his resignation as a defensive act to protest the malicious criticism and safeguard the image and reputation of China Medical University, according to Huang.

Chen said yesterday, “My intention was not to target him. I just wanted to point out the problems of the system.”

The double-pay system refers to a policy that allows some retired military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers to teach at private schools after retirement, where they receive both state retirement pensions and regular salaries at the same time.

Chen added, “I don't wish this incident to expand into a political issue. The problem of retired government officials later getting employed at private universities is a serious thing, especially during this sensitive time when the government is trying to reform our pension system.”

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said that he was sorry this incident had to end this way. “I am sure Chen was just trying to point out the problems of the double-pay system,” Su said, “The Cabinet denied the Education Ministry's proposal in making amendments to the public schoolteacher retirement laws. It is their fault.”

According to the Education Ministry, the amendments state that retired government personnel who later are employed in private facilities can only receive 40 percent of their initial retirement.

DPP lawmaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) added that there must be a change in the teacher retirement systems. “Some government officials are really talented leaders who can bring the school to a better place. Chen's words were unintentional and Huang shouldn't react so angrily. Huang's resignation is a loss to China Medical University.”

Huang reportedly said that his resignation was meant to be a “distant warning” to the DPP members. “I believe that universities are the final stronghold for social justice. I do not wish to see the dignity of academics be trampled by ignorant words,” he said.

Some professors and students crowded in the campus yesterday in support of Huang after hearing of his resignation. Students held banners that read, “We need you, President Huang.” Many professors also remarked that Huang's hard work has lifted the school's rankings in recent years. “How can you call him a door-god when he has done so much,” they said.

1 Comment
May 4, 2013    jenglin42@
President Huang is a well known educator who devoted himself to serve as a leader for China Medical University. With his knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm, the university has become world class level. This is not only the honor of university itself but also the nation where the school is situated. Lawmaker Mr. Chen’s placing the nonsense pressure on him is unprofessional while president Huang is using his effort to advance CMU to the next level. If Huang steps down as President, the plan will be interrupted. Mr. Chen should take the blame and be punished because he neglected the priority interest of CMU student, staff and all people in Taiwan. If Mr. Chen is a reputable law maker, he should encourage and support a person like President Huang to continue his dedication on behalf of the Nation and CMU as priority. Law can be adjusted or modified to fit the needs of the public. Mr. Chen should consider Taiwan or Nation as priority or we need to know his intention and where he stands. Hope this comment will change Chen's attitude and to support President Mr. Huang.

Dr. Jeng Y. Lin from USA
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This undated image provided by China Medical University shows the institution's former president, Huang Jong-tsun (黃榮村), middle. Huang resigned from his position on Thursday in protest against DPP lawmaker Chen Ting-fei's (陳亭妃) criticism over his role as a president.

(CNA)

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